Bieszard, Levine, Lindberg Lead Bulldogs

Dana Lindberg (photo by Dan Grossman, Mapleleafphotos.com)

Elis Third at Dartmouth

HANOVER, N.H. – The Elis finished third at Saturday's rendition of the annual tri-meet against Dartmouth and Columbia. The Big Green (62 points) edged out the Lions (60 points) for the team title, while Yale finished with 46 points. Though the team tally was less than the Bulldogs might have hoped for, their individual stars shined brightly.

Senior captain Matthew Bieszard made the most of his two races by winning them both. In a 200-meter dash imbued with the Yale blue, Bieszard (23.04) held off teammate Dana Lindberg (23.11) for the victory. Sophomores Nnamdi Udeh (23.38) and Daniel Jones (23.68) were fourth and sixth, respectively. Bieszard followed up by taking the 500-meter dash with the 16th-fastest time this year in the NEICAAA (1:05.41).

After finishing second in each of his previous two tries, junior Mike Levine was able to win the weight throw convincingly. Levine's winning heave of 16.93m bettered his mark from last week by 0.17m, and qualified him for the IC4A/ECAC meet. Junior Mark Kaczor, who this year walked off of the football team and onto the track and field team, placed third in the shot put (13.09m).

Lindberg notched another Yale victory by winning the long jump (6.29m). In between jumps, the sophomore found time to also run on the Bulldogs' fourth-place 4x400-meter relay team (along with Jones, freshman Mario Kranjac and freshman William Rowe), place second in the aforementioned 200-meter dash, and score fifth in the 60-meter dash (7.23). Jones (7.14) and freshman Andrew Goble (7.42) were fourth and sixth, respectively, in the same race. The 60-meter hurdles saw freshman Daniel Kemp continue his ascendancy with a third-place result (8.97), while Udeh was scored fourth with the same time (8.97).

In the vertical jumps, freshman Kyle Bajtos was fourth in the high jump (1.79m), and sophomore Paul Chandler finished second in the pole vault (4.50m). Chandler's leap was his best of the season by a 0.30m margin.

Facing stiff competition from the Columbia runners, whose cross country team was ranked No. 22 in the nation earlier this year, the Yale distance men performed admirably. Junior Timothy Hillas turned in an impressive race to take second in the mile run (4:11.60), and senior Julian Sheinbaum was not far behind in fourth (4:12.51). Meanwhile, junior Sam Kirtner was able to hang tight with a trio of Lions to finish fourth in the 3,000-meter run (8:29.47). Kirtner shaved 13.18 seconds off of his time from last week to both set a personal record and qualify for the IC4A/ECAC meet.

Against the best competition they have yet to see this season, Yale's middle distance runners were not as dominant as they had been in the earlier meets. Still, the 4x800-meter relay team of junior Michael Pierce, Sheinbaum, senior Charlie Jaeger and Hillas managed to come in second (7:54.22) and very nearly caught Columbia (7:53.80). In the open 800-meter run, senior Christopher Ramsey (1:58.13) and Pierce (1:58.65) put in third- and fourth-place efforts.

The Bulldogs head to Boston next week to compete in the Terrier Invitational on Jan. 28.

Report by Eian Katz '13, Yale Sports Publicity